Ann Lindsay, the owner, was very nice and responded quickly to emails. No problem with proper charges to our credit card. Our unit was very clean and laundry detergent was provided. I tried to use the vacuum cleaner, but it wasn't very effective. The units are comfortably furnished and the views were great. We even spotted a seal a couple of times. Low tide created interesting landscapes, with large sand bar areas. I say sand bar, but the beach was very rocky and water footwear is highly recommended. The water is very cold here, but just 10 miles down into Parksville, the water is much warmer (not to say warm, just warmer). Parksville has pepply, rockly beach initially, but after about 10 feet or so, it's a totally sandy bottom. The kitchen had a small stove and oven; the baking sheet provided didn't fit in the oven, but we'd bought foil pans, so that worked out fine. There was salt as well as pepper, and coffee filters. I didn't see a complete set of measuring cups and spoons and prep knives weren't available, so don't plan on chopping and slicing much. We heard upstairs tenants walking, but everyone was respectful of the posted quiet hours. All in all, I thought everything was fine. The views of the water from the living room was very relaxing. The water is, indeed, right there. The windows at the front of the one and two-bedroom units run the entire width of the units, so the views are commanding. There are islands across the way with mountains and in the morning the clouds nestle amongst the mountains for some beautiful scenery. The Internet cut out unexpectedly every now and then, but it came back up. Parking for the efficiency is tricky and low slung cars will scrape emerging from the driveway. The town of Qualicum had stores that weren't chain stores, so that was a nice change. Englishman River Falls is quite close, as is Cathedral Grove and The Old Country World Market (or something like that) that has goats on its roof during spring through fall. Parksville has two miniature golf courses that were fun. There are private residences on either side of this beach house and all have narrow lots.
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- Enjoy spectacular ocean views and walk-on sandy beach access from each of these spacious suites. The Brant & Heron suites feature large living rooms making them ideal for family vacations, get-togethers and retreats. ... more less
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